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Part 2 - From Figure to Con-figuration: Generative Architecture Through the Prism of Literature


Following from my previous blog, I explore here how architecture informs literature and how ideas can be transferred from literature to architecture.

In my book Architecture and Narrative13 I looked at the short fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian writer who used architectural models in his work. 1,477 more words

Spatial Imagination

A Second Life

From The Irish Times, March 7th 1923: ‘Wilton Castle, the residence of Captain P.C. Alcock, about three miles from Enniscorthy, was burned by armed men on Monday night. 816 more words

Architectural History

Part 1 - From Figure to Con-figuration: Generative Architecture Through the Prism of Literature


This is the first part of a talk I recently gave in Figurations, a History and Theory conference at the Bartlett School of Architecture, organised by Jane Rendell, Sophie Read and Robin Wilson (25 April 2018). 1,152 more words

Spatial Imagination

At the Crossroads

Opposite the main entrance to Dunsany Castle, County Meath stands this wayside cross, a rare surviving example of religious veneration once common across the country. Usually located independent of church buildings, these crosses offered Christians an opportunity to recall their faith as they went about the day. 48 more words

Architectural History

The Venice Variations: Introduction Preview

Between authored architecture and the non-authored city

“To distinguish the other cities’ qualities, I must speak of a first city that remains implicit. For me it is Venice.” 700 more words

The Venice Variations

All That's Left

A temple in what was once part of the demesne at Santry Court, County Dublin. The main house here was built c.1703 for Henry, third Lord Barry of Santry, scion of the ancient Cork family, who laid out classical gardens around the building. 193 more words

Architectural History

Thinking Big

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, otherwise known as the Knights Templar was one of the Christian military orders established in Europe during the period of the Crusades, its ostensible function being to protect pilgrims visiting sacred sites in the Middle East. 836 more words

Architectural History